The new iPad 4, or whatever Apple decides to call it, might be coming with an innovative next generation stylus pen, according to a new patent uncovered in California.
With Apple’s continued drive to make its iPad the must-have photography and design gadget, the idea of a digital pen seems reasonably logical, and the tech world seems keen and has already dubbed it the ‘iPen’.
The news originates from a patent registered last week in California. According to the patent the iPen would use haptic feedback to mimic the tactile feel of pen on paper.
The patent states the iPen is “an input device capable of generating haptic feedback may help a user navigate content displayed on the display screen, and may further serve to enhance the content of various applications by creating a more appealing and realistic user interface.”
It’s thought that the iPen would use new haptic technology to generate a slight vibration if the user is applying too much or not enough pressure while drawing or writing.
The advanced stylus will also be able to mimic the sensation of a brush, even down to how thick the brush is.
It’s just the sort of technology, coupled with the high-resolution Retina Display, that is sure to make the new iPad the must-have gadget for creative individuals.
According to the latest iPad rumours, Apple might be planning to release a smaller version of the iPad 3 – which is expected to take on the new Amazon Kindle and would come with the same razor-sharp Retina screen.
However, whether the iPen will land on the iPad Mini or the iPad 4 next year remains to be seen. A release date for the iPad Mini is yet to be formally announced, however, rumour has it the fourth-generation slate could land in October, alongside the purported iPhone 5.